Percutaneous Discectomy

Radicular pain results from a herniated lumbar disc and although most patients improve with conservative therapy, numerous patients continue to experience significant pain and open surgery often comes with not insignificant risks.

Percutaneous Discectomy is a minimally invasive medical procedure designed to treat back pain resulting from a herniated disc without major surgery. This procedure has become the standard of care in interventional spine management and has dramatically reduced the number of patients ultimately needing lumbar surgery.

What to Expect

During your visit to our Vancouver practice, you will undergo a detailed assessment to provide Dr. Helper with the information necessary to make an accurate diagnosis.

The procedure is performed under live x-ray guidance using probes that are directed through the skin and muscle, down to the problem area. The probe is then used to remove a small amount of nuclear disc material from your herniated disc. This decreases the pressure inside the disc, which relieves the pressure transmitted to your nerve root. Ultimately, this should relieve your symptoms of leg or buttock pain.

Next Steps

If you are ready to discuss your pain management needs with Dr. Steven Helper, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Diagnosis and Treatment options
  • Potential risks and complications
Percutaneous Discectomy last modified: July 9th, 2012 by Centric Health
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